Concert Series presents:
Harmida Piano Trio
Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 4:00 p.m.

The Gualala Arts Concert Series is pleased to present the brilliant and popular Harmida Piano Trio in a program of chamber music for violin, cello and piano on Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 4:00 pm, at the Gualala Arts Center. The concert will include trio music by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Elgar, Kreisler, and Alberto Ginastera.

Harmida Piano Trio The Bay Area based Harmida Piano Trio, founded in 2000, is quickly building a reputation as one of the most passionate and accomplished ensembles on the American chamber music scene. Each member (Dawn Harms, violin; Emil Milland, cello; and Laura Dahl, piano) brings years of acknowledged artistry and experience to the trio. The ensemble excels in performance of the traditional repertoire, and also is committed to the commissioning and performing of new works.

Recent commissions include a composition for piano trio and voice by Jake Heggie (composer of the opera Dead Man Walking), premiered with mezzo soprano Zheng Cao, as well as a new piano trio by composer Mark Applebaum (Stanford University), to be premiered in June 2005. Harmida Piano Trio's recent performances include critically acclaimed appearances at the Music at Meyer Recital Series and the Other Minds Festival, both of San Francisco. The trio has been invited to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia, in spring of 2006.

Violinist Dawn Harms is a strong advocate for children's music education, was conductor and music director of the Amarillo Youth Orchestra and she continues to design and perform educational concerts. She also collaborated with her cousin Tom Waits on his recordings "Alice" and "Blood Money."

Cellist Emil Miland is acclaimed internationally for his performances as a soloist and as a chamber musician. A member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988, Milland made his solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 16, and that same year was selected to perform in the Rostropovich Master Classes at UC Berkeley. He has received grants from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pianist Laura Dahl, active as a performer both in the United States and abroad, has played in many venues including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Henley Festival (England), Davies Symphony Hall, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. Dahl was formerly Associate Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and with them her engagements included a recital at Carnegie Hall, a critically acclaimed benefit concert with mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, and an appearance at the San Francisco Stern Grove Festival with mezzo soprano Susan Graham.

Tickets for the Gualala concert are $15 each. Children ages 7 through 17 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the Gualala Art Center or at the Dolphin Gallery in Gualala. Tickets also may be purchased at the door prior to the performance. For further information, call the Gualala Arts Center at 707-884-1138.